A name is a gift.
A last name as well as a first.
Many of us as married women have a last name we didn't grow up with.
I like my married name, and I liked my maiden name. Our youngest son has my maiden name as his middle name. I wanted it to be passed on somehow.
Our first born, #1 son who leads my gaggle of six offspring in age, celebrated a birthday and I wanted to make something for him.
Last minute of course because I seem to be operating that way lately.
He made himself a desk...... aged the boards, sized it for his space, and gave it a patina to match a locked cabinet that his dad made for him. (His dad - my husband - in case there was question who he belonged too!).
The antique dresser in the background is all that remains of the former nursery. The dresser was converted out of being a changing table and might be coming to reside at my house.
#1 son built some shelves, giving them round bolt head details on the corners. And without asking him or my daughter in law I took photos.
I tried not to capture the big suitcase in the corner packed with swim suits for the Florida vacation they were leaving on.
I must be every woman's mother-in-law nighmare huh? Show up with my camera intruding on their life, all so I could show you how the sign I made will fit in with it's surroundings.
#1 has turned into quite the DIY'er. Of course he knows where to go for help and questions, his dad can build anything.
This cabinet is made out of all sorts of cast off junk wood laying around in Brawns half of the garage. My half of course is covered only in treasures from garage sales.
I kindly asked Brawn if he would find me an old cabinet door in his junk. No problem - he gave me three dirty choices to pick from.
I started painting and layering colors, thinking to myself, "how it ends up it ends up".
My regular readers know I have a lot of sample size pots of just about every brand of chalk or clay paint made, and I mix them all on projects. The different brands get along quite well in my opinion.
This particular project happened to use all CeCe Caldwells paint and wax.
I mentioned this was last minute.
I started the project 3 hours before I needed to gift it. A dirty old blow dryer became my BFF to move the already fast drying chalk paint along a little faster.
I used my Silhouette for the letters.
I will be adding some rusty metal, probably in the form of barbed wire, but that part didn't happen before it needed to be gifted or photographed.
The real gift was from his father - the last name, not the sign.
Linking my son's sign gift too:
Make it pretty Monday @TheDedicatedHouse
Tweak it Tuesday @CozyLittleHouse
The Scoop @CedarHillRanch
Time to Sparkle @TheGunnySack
Creative Inspirations @EmbracingChange
Project Inspired @CupcakesandCrinoline
Tutorials & Tips @HomeStoriesAtoZ
Make the Scene @AlderberryHill
Budget Decorating Party @CreativeCainCabin
Show & Share @SouthernLovely
Wildly Original Party @IGottaCreate
Thursdays are Your Days @52Mantels
Made You Look @MadeInADay
Party Time @36thAvenue
Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits @StoneGable
Under $100 Link Party @BeyondThePicketFence
Open House Party @NoMinimalistHere
Subscribe, Bliss Ranch arrives magically!